The ongoing health systems strengthening/health sector reforms and local government reforms make high demands for management skills amongst health staff working at health facilities in Tanzania. The ministry of health and social welfare assessed the health management needs and related challenges has found that there are weak management skills among health workers who currently manage health systems, especially at council or district level. To respond to this challenge, the ministry of health and social welfare has developed a district health management program to bridge the management competencies gap as well as to suit individual career plans.
This program focuses on producing competent and innovative graduates capable of effectively and efficiently manage district/council-based health systems. The program is designed to enhance management skills for district based health system. The skills can be applied or used flexibly to the other levels of the Tanzania health system (program, regional, national). The program is designed such that:
- Offers a strong operational background in planning, leadership and health management skills;
- Enhances the graduates awareness on socio-economic implications in managing health resources and acquire competencies required in solving operational problems;
- Responds well to individual, societal and employees needs as identified in situational analysis and stakeholders meeting